New Look 6097, a faux wrap dress, is one I have on my TNT pattern challenge list. I was excited when Fabric Mart announced their sewalong and thought this was the perfect motivation to get me to finally sew it up. I've had it stuck in my to do pile with my fabric swatch pinned to it since last Fall. Needless to say my fabric choice has missed it's season and I really just wasn't as excited about it anymore. I'm really trying to practice the art of "stash busting" so I refrained from buying anything new. Even though this was a flop for me let's go ahead and do a proper review shall we?
NEW LOOK 6097
Misses belted faux wrap dress with neckline and sleeve variations
Pattern: Paper pattern from The Project Runway collection. Readily available at Joann Fabric.
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Fabric: Designed for stretch knits. I used a jersey knit from Joann Fabric
Notions: 1/4 in wide elastic, Buckle for belt
Fitting: The smallest size for this pattern starts at a size 10. I fall right into that size in Simplicity and usually have little to no fitting problems. Knits can be somewhat forgiving so I really wasn't to worried about the fitting. I failed to remember that this is one of the Big Four and we all know that the ease in these patterns can be ridic. The seam allowance is 3/8th and I ended up taking it in a total of 1inch and could still stand to take it in more. You can also see I really need to shorten the waist as well probably about a good inch.
Construction: The pattern is a breeze to construct. I didn't get as far as attaching the elastic. After I tried it on I was like what's the point. My waist is too low and can you spot my saggy pockets? I really wish I would of omitted the pockets to begin with then maybe this dress would of been salvageable. I can understand pockets with a more stable knit but in a light weight jersey they are easily distorted and kind of flop around uncomfortably under the dress.
Here's a picture of the waist pulled up to wear it should be. A little better but Oh God those pockets! My eyes, my eyes!!
This pattern has tons of rave reviews so I don't think I've given up on this pattern just yet. Next time of course I will omit those pockets. I will also shorten my waist and grade the pattern down another size.
To soothe my bruised ego I buried my head in tub of ice cream but not in the literal sense. Popsicles more like it and in comfy pillow form!
My couch is the ugliest color of green and really needed some jazzing up. I found this home decor fabric at Joann Fabric and it just makes me so happy and I want to lick my pillows. I made four envelope pillows with french seams in about 3 hours. You can find a super easy tutorial here.
As you can see the couch gets much love....from a Pug! He's got his spot all wallered out perfect for watching and barking at passing cars.
Come on! Enough with the pictures already. I'm camera shy!
I've learned it tis' better and less exhausting to recover from a sewing fail by following up not with profanities and temper tantrums but with a fun, satisfying project. Something that requires little to no brain cells and requires NO fitting!
How do you recover from a sewing fail?